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How will the NBN improve the health sector?

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The National Broadband Network (NBN) that is currently being rolled out across the country is going to drastically improve the experience of using the internet in Australia. Everyday surfers that use the web to watch the latest viral videos or chat with their mates and family will be able to do so more smoothly when connected to the NBN.

But that’s not all it’s good for: the NBN will have more far-reaching, important effects beyond the average household. The lightning fast speeds arriving with the network are predicted to dramatically impact some of the most important facets of life, including the health sector.

The NBN will make healthcare more affordable and convenient for those in all parts of Australia. Perhaps most importantly, elderly patients and disadvantaged populations will be granted access to better healthcare.

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Power to the people

One of the goals of the NBN is to connect millions of Australians via high-speed internet. This includes those in rural regions that have previously had difficulties accessing trustworthy connectivity. With a reliable connection, health care providers in these areas will be able to implement practices and procedures better suited for high-speed internet connection. This will help handle a growing population of elderly Australians that is on track to boom in coming years.

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Telehealth

Telehealth is a concept that can greatly reduce the financial stress placed on the healthcare system overall and is a major component of the NBN’s service to Australia. Telehealth is the treatment and delivery of health information from an external source via electronic means. It can involve anything from doctors and patients communicating over video programs like Skype to easier tracking of patients’ health while at home or, in extreme cases, even doctors performing a procedure from hundreds or thousands of kilometres away.

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The benefits

The NBN will enhance the country’s ability to support the health sector, saving money on personal and institutional scales and delivering revolutionary care to patients. Think of the time and money spent on visits to the hospital: emergency trips via ambulances or simply routine checkups. That adds up to billions of dollars across the board. But it’s not all about money: it is difficult for some patients to even make it to the hospital due to their age or location. Combine this with the pressure of overcrowding hospitals and it’s easy to understand the benefits of being able to treat and consult with patients from their home.

While hospitals will always have an important place in any society, telehealth systems are a convenient, money-saving way to deliver medical services to patients. The NBN offers a more level playing field when it comes to healthcare. A strong platform of reliable internet connectivity will help deliver the knowledge and caring ability of some of the world’s best doctors to almost any location at any time. To learn more about the NBN, visit iiNet’s FAQ page.

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2 comments

  1. Andrew says:

    The NBN will revolutionise health care, but I don’t see it happening at my address for quite a awhile, and I’m not holding my breath for it to happen.

  2. George Crowe says:

    Maybe. Maybe it will simply accelerate centralisation onto the major metropolitan areas and in reality further disadvantage rural Australia and mean more children are raised in cities and deprived of the childhood freedom of a country life.

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